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New tests find bee-killing pesticides in 51% of bee-friendly plants from garden centers across U.S. and Canada

The Maine Organic Farmers and Gardeners Association (MOFGA) recently took part in a national research project showing that many bee-friendly home garden plants sold at Home Depot, Lowe's and Walmart have been pre-treated with pesticides that harm and kill bees. Friends of the Earth U.S., the Pesticide Research Institute and SumOfUs coordinated the study and collaborated with MOFGA and dozens of other groups that conducted pesticide sampling across the United States and Canada.

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Organic and Sustainable Agriculture News
Shrimp and lobster sales vital for Maine fisherman
Maine Sunday Telegram - 2/8/2009.
Letter to editor – You'll help your neighbor, put healthy protein in your body, save gas and money and make a choice that will make a difference. To accomplish all this, just buy and eat Maine shrimp. Not the jumbo, farm-raised, tail on, chemical laden, shipped-across-the-world shrimp. Buy the sweet, fresh, unadulterated, healthy Maine shrimp.
Northern leopard frog threatened by agro-chemicals
Treehugger - 2/8/2009.
Researchers from seven different U.S. universities and government organizations studied the northern leopard frog (Rana pipiens) in wetlands across Minnesota. They were looking for causes of limb malformation and population decline. The study suggests that agrochemicals, combined with parasitic infestation, was the culprit.
First drug from genetically engineered animals approved by USDA
Treehugger - 2/7/2009.
A blood thinning drug called ATryn, which is made from the milk of genetically altered goats, was approved by the Food and Drug Administration last Friday – making it the first drug made from genetically engineered animals ever to be approved for use in the US, according to the Associated Press.
University of New Hampshire launches an EcoGastronomy program
Treehugger - 2/7/2009.
The University of New Hampshire has introduced a pioneering EcoGastronomy Program geared towards students that want to learn the art of the sustainable foods.
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July 30 - Waldo Organic Growers potluck and program

July 31 - Fall Planting in a High Tunnel

August 1 - MOFGA’s Common Ground radio show

August 3 - Scatterseed Project Tour

August 4 - MOFGA Volunteer Workday: Putting Food By

August 9 - MOFGA's Organic Orcharding  Workshop: Bud Grafting with Seth Yentes

August 13 - Conservation Farm Tour, Aroostook County

August 14 - The Art of Giving Gala to Benefit MOFGA

September 6 - Seed Saving Workshop with Will Bonsall

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